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Immigration Nerds talk about the History of the Thanksgiving Meal
December 2, 2019

In a bonus episode, the Immigration Nerds challenge fellow EIG'ers for a rousing Thanksgiving trivia. Join us to learn about the origins and history of some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the countries they come from, and how they arrived on tables across the United States.

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Immigration Nerds talk to Josh Doherty of Ayuda
November 22, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we want to Josh Doherty, managing attorney for Ayuda, a non-profit, service provider that offers immigration and family law assistance, and social and language access support for low-income immigrants in the US. They specialize in services for “Dreamers,” survivors ...

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Immigration Nerds at the SCOTUS Hearing for DACA
November 18, 2019

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument to deliberate over the White House’s plan to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The policy, first implemented by the Obama administration in August 2012, allows undocumented individuals who were brought to the ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Laura Young, Salesforce Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration, About Volunteering at the Border
November 11, 2019

This week, we're delighted to be joined at the mic by Laura Young, Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration. Ms. Young oversees all inbound and outbound immigration employment operations for Salesforce, including the US and global immigration program for the company. In this conversation, ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About DNA Collection
October 28, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we discuss how the government is collecting DNA samples from immigrants migrating to the United States.

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Immigration Nerds Talk About International Business Relationship Across Continents and Cultures
October 18, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Makoto Takeda, the co-founder of Bistream. Mr. Takeda talks about the business relationships his company facilitates between companies, investors, universities, and talent in Japan and Germany and the mutual benefits created between these two global markets.

Alerts
Breaking News on Public Charge Regulation and Federal Court Injunction
October 15, 2019

On Friday, just four days before the Trump Administration's public charge rule was set to effect, federal judges in California, New York, and Washington issued a preliminary nationwide injunction. In a breaking alert, the Immigration Nerds talk with managing directors Hiba Anver and Justin Parsons ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Save Jobs USA v. DHS
October 11, 2019

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments for the Save Jobs USA v. DHS case that may determine the future work opportunities and livelihoods for the H-4 spouses of H-1B holders as they wait to ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Diane Rish about AILA's H-1B FOIA Lawsuit and Resulting Insights
October 4, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Diane Rish, the Associate Director of Government Relations at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) joins us at the mic. Through multiple FOIA requests and painstaking litigation, AILA along with the American Immigration Council won access to USCIS documents that revealed ...

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Report from the H4 EAD Oral Arguments in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
September 27, 2019

Today, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard arguments for Save Jobs USA v. the Department of Homeland Security. Originating in the US District Court in DC, Judge Tatel (Clinton appointee) heard the case with Judge Griffin (Bush) and Senior Judge Silberman (Reagan). The ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About EIG's Technology Advancements and Tech in Immigration
September 26, 2019

If immigration changes fast, technology is even faster. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG's Chief Technology Officer Sanjay Akut about the latest trends in tech, and how EIG has assembled a nimble and robust technology solution with the number one priority ...

EIG in the News
Jerry Erickson Joins Northern Virginia Technology Council Board of Directors
September 16, 2019

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the country, has announced that Jerry Erickson, President and CEO of Erickson Immigration Group (EIG), has been elected to NVTC's Board of Directors. Also elected to the 2019-2020 board are Mr. Michael C. Condro, Partner Audit & Assurance, Deloitte ...

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A Year in Immigration | First Anniversary: Dave Bier, Laura D. Francis, Ian Kullgren, and Claudia Cubas
September 13, 2019

Today is a special episode — we are celebrating the Immigration Nerds podcast's first anniversary! We started in a tiny room with a few attorneys and a producer, all of us racking our brains to tackle the immigration issues of the day. We now have a guest list and audience that ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Greg Chen of AILA About the Week in Immigration
September 6, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration released a number of new restrictive immigration measures. To help make sense of the week and to address what is being done about it, we welcomed the Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Greg Chen. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Hidetaka Hirota about the Public Charge Rule
August 29, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we take a historical approach to the idea of public charge and welcome history professor Hidetaka Hirota from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. We discuss how culture, religion, and race have explicitly been used to determine who would be ...

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Immigrations Nerds Talk About Mass Migration from Venezuela
August 27, 2019

In this bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution, and this time focus on Venezuela. In a time of civil unrest and economic distress, between 4-6 million Venezuelans — nearly 20% of the population — have fled the country. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Dany Bahar, the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution
August 23, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we sit down with a fellow "immigration nerd," Dany Bahar. Mr. Bahar is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, an Israeli and Venezuelan economist, and an associate at the ...

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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
August 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the September 2019 Visa Bulletin. Several Employment-Based preference categories have retrogressed or have become unavailable for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019. For EB-1 categories, cut-off dates have advanced for persons born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Week in Immigration
August 2, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we're joined by Erickson Immigration Group senior attorney Storm Estep to discuss recent policy updates from the week of July 15 - July 24. Storm explains H.R. 1044 and the companion bill in the Senate, new asylum rules and ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Life at the Border, a First Person Perspective
July 25, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we are joined by Taylor Gibson, a law clerk with Erickson Immigration Group. Taylor recently spent a week volunteering with unaccompanied minors at the border. Through her account, we enter the lives and stories of those separated from their ...

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The Immigration Nerds Talk to AAJC About Influencing Immigration and Advocating to Congress
July 18, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Megan Essaheb, the Director of Immigration Advocacy at Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Megan shares AAJC's advocacy and legislative work, including their long-term efforts to introduce and influence policy. She also explains their partnerships and outreach response ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Job Seeking Strategies for International Students in the US
July 12, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Marcelo Barros, an international student career expert and the founder of the International Advantage. Throughout our conversation, Marcelo shares his insights and the advice he relays to students to help them achieve their professional goals with ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Rachel Levitan of HIAS
June 27, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Rachel Levitan the Vice President, International Programs at HIAS. Rachel shares HIAS's history, their efforts to support the current immigrant and refugee experience, and how individuals can help, too.

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the 2020 Census
June 21, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds Podcast, we sit down with EIG attorney Jeremy Dumetz and talk about the hotly debated "citizenship" question the Trump administration is pushing for in the 2020 Census. Jeremy and EIG Media Producer Ian Gaines talk about the history of the ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Brexit Summer Calendar
June 14, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, EIG legal writer Kahn T. Branch previews the summer of Brexit.  We discuss Theresa May's resignation and the election of a new prime minister, the deal or no deal Brexit options, and the EU Summit.

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The Challenging Climate for the H-1B Program
June 13, 2019

USCIS is currently being sued in two separate cases over their Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) process and policy. USCIS may revoke a petition if the terms of employment and the original petition differ, in cases of fraud, misrepresentation, or inaccurate information, in cases ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the New Social Media Account Sharing Requirement for U.S. Visa Applicants
June 7, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk about the recently announced requirement for applicants seeking a U.S. visa: sharing your social media account information for all platforms used over the past five years. How will this data be used? What is the government looking ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Unified Regulatory Agenda
May 31, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds Podcast, we're joined by EIG attorneys Storm Estep and Ryan Knight to discuss the recently released Unified Regulatory Agenda and the most significant items related to immigration. Our attorneys break down each item and say whether they "love it, hate ...

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Immigration Nerds Discuss President Trump's Proposed Immigration Program, and Merit vs. Family Based Systems
May 24, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG attorney Ryan Knight about President Trump's newly proposed immigration program, and the possibility and impact of an immigration system based on merit or one based on family connections.

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President Trump Unveils New Immigration Program, Build America Visa
May 17, 2019

In an announcement Thursday, May 16, President Trump said the plan would create "a fair, modern, and lawful system of immigration for the United States." Scant on policy details and process, and met with criticism from Democrats and Republicans, the new immigration plan shifts the ...